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St Kents rugby team has eyes on the prize

Last updated 05:00 14/09/2012

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St Kents are looking to achieve an impressive milestone this weekend.

Having won back-to-back national co-ed titles St Kents have their eye on the main prize this season and host the National Top Four final tomorrow.

St Kents have not lost a game since July 2011 and commanding performances in the past month suggest that run of 27 unbeaten games might continue.

Up against traditional schoolboy heavyweights Hamilton Boys High School in their semifinal, St Kents' performance was clinical and when they took the lead midway through the first half they never looked like losing.

"Our phase play was pleasing and we were able to use all our weapons on attack. On defence we were probably a little bit over eager and over chased, but that's the nature of playing in such a big match," coach Josh Syms says.

Mr Syms says the team trained every day this week in the build-up.

He says the squad has been unaffected by injury and will be able to field their strongest possible line-up this weekend.

Auckland Blues high performance manager Nick Sheppard says the strength of Auckland college performances is encouraging for the franchise.

"With such a strong secondary school competition across Auckland, young players are able to test themselves each week and bring their A game against worthy opponents," he says.

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